Posts Tagged‘Main Dish’

Marrakechi Tangia

Making Marrakechi Tangia at Home

Marrakech has one dish that they are especially known for – tangia. Not to be confused with tajine, this is truly special. On every food tour we try to take our guests to try this food. Of course vegetarians have to miss out but for everyone else this “man meat” as one person called it is out of this world. Unlike tajines, tangia is cooked in an earthenware urn. It’s covered in parchment and slipped under the warm coals of the fernachi over night. In the morning it’s removed and the tender, falling off the bone meat is eaten by lunch.  There’s…

Homemade Cheese Ravioli

Homemade Cheese Raviolis

“Mom, do you know what you should make for dinner?” What buddy? “Cheese ravioli. Do you remember how good those are? With lots of red sauce…no meat..” Yea, you’re right…I’ll make them one day when I have some extra time, ok? *two days later* “Did you have time yet? I’m going to write cheese ravioli on your meal plan, then you’ll have to make them.” Umm, ok sure I’ll make them I promise. *two more days later* “So mom, how about those cheese ravioli?” Me, silently thinking how have you not forgotten about these yet? Did I raise an elephant?…

Red Curry Rice Bowl

Thai Red Curry Rice Bowl

  The weather here has gone from warm to hot in just a matter of a few days. I feel like we’ve bypassed spring completely and are going to have a long, hot summer. Yesterday, the kids went swimming for the first time this year – and probably the earliest time of the year they’ve been in a pool! I don’t know what it is but as soon as it gets hot my appetite takes a dive. I have no desire to spend time in the kitchen over the stove. It’s been wonderful having a wide variety of produce all…

Afghani Style Chicken Pulao

Afghani Chicken Pulao

Earlier this week I made an Afghani inspired chicken pulao dish that was a delicious hit.  Truth be told, before we moved to Washington DC in 2007, I had never eaten Afghani food. I had never met a person from Afghanistan. Like many people our only connection to the country was the on-going war. I have a brother in law who was stationed there several times and friends of course but that was as close as it got. My first brush with Islam, was through the sordid tales emerging from Taliban Afghanistan (not a pretty picture). Then in Washington DC…

Lamb, Fig, and Almond Tajine Side

Moroccan Lamb and Fig Tajine

A few months ago we went to have dinner at Ksar Essaoussan in Marrakech. It’s a riad that has been remade into a restaurant, and unlike many riads here, has no rooms for guests – it’s purely somewhere to just enjoy a good meal. Just finding it was an exercise – and we’re quite familiar with the winding streets of the old medina. Thankfully each night a man in a red cape is posted on Bab L’kssour to show guests just how to get to the restaurant. The ambiance was incredibly nice and the food really well done. We had…

Chicken Korma Pizza

Chicken Korma Pizza

 Cheese. I really miss delicious, melty, gooey, cheesy goodness. The kind that tops pizza or a casserole. Enough to get a big bite and taste the salty, creamy goodness. When you order a pizza in Morocco it’s got just barely enough cheese on top to be recognizable and a really good mozzerella is hard to come by. Cheese isn’t eaten that much here and who knew this girl from the Dairy State would miss cheese so much? You can find some varieties to be sure. It’s mostly imported from Europe. I’ve had brie, gouda, and Emmentaler cheese. Some good jibli,…

95 Eggcellent Dishes

95 Egg-cellent Dishes!

My kids have grown a new love for eggs. This is great because here, we can buy fresh egg every day for pennies – literally. Last week my youngest decided he didn’t want what we were having for dinner, so off he went to the hanut, a very small “corner store” found everywhere here. He came back minutes later with 2 eggs and a small loaf of bread. For 2 dirham (about 20 cents). I quickly made them for him and he was content. I’ve appreciated eggs even more since moving to Morocco. They’re cheap and filling and can be prepared…

Jamaican Lamb Curry

Jamaican Lamb Curry and Roti

 The end of December is here and that means it’s time for my Around the World in 12 Dishes post. Every month, a group of bloggers (and anyone else who wants to participate!) make food from a specified country.  This month we’re visiting Jamaica! I’ve never been here, but it’s really high on our travel wish list. After taking a Caribbean cruise last year, we fell in love with this part of the world. The hardest part of participating in our monthly food travels is finding ingredients. Morocco has a lot of really great spices and produce but it’s hard…